I'm visiting the University of Oregon's theoretical physics group, and gave a talk on some of my recent work on extracting dark matter particle physics from astrophysical measurements. The field is so broad that you can't cover everything, but hopefully I gave some idea of the potential. Slides are here.Read More
Last night, I gave a talk to the Rutgers Society of Physics Students, the STAR group, and the Astronomical Society on dark matter: the evidence for it, how we look for it, and some thoughts about how will we be looking for it in the future. Slides are here.Read More
I'm at Fermilab for an LPC (LHC Physics Center) workshop on new ideas for LHC dark matter searches. I have been working with my fellow professor David Shih, postdocs Anthony DiFranzo and Angelo Monteux, and grad student Pouya Asadi at Rutgers on new ways to look for interesting anomalies in LHC data (see our paper and my blog post about it). Though not specifically about dark matter, it is a new idea, and so I have a talk about it. Here are the slides.Read More
I'm up in Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, giving three hours of lectures on "Beyond the Standard Model physics and the LHC" for the TRISEP Summer School.
TRISEP this year is mostly experimental grad students, and mostly experimental grad students working on experiments in the underground labs (such as SNOLAB in Sudbury). I'm the only lecturer who's talking about Beyond the Standard Model physics in general (though specific topics like dark matter and neutrino physics are being covered in more detail by other lecturers), and the only one talking about the LHC. Given that, and the audience, I ended up giving a broad overview: first on the sort of things we theorists have reason to think must exist beyond the Standard Model, then how the LHC works (always entertaining to have a theorist speak on how experiments work), and then lastly on how we look for new physics at the LHC. The slides are below.Read More
I'm here at UC Irvine at the DM@LHC 2017 conference (that's "Dark Matter at the Large Hadron Collider"), and was asked to give a talk for a "Theory Overview of Dark Matter Searches." That's a big topic to get through in 30 minutes, so this is what I came up with.Read More
I was asked to give a talk at the 2016 TOP Conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The TOP Conference is, as the name implies, a conference about the top quark. It was mostly experimentalists, with only a few theorists. I was asked to talk about possible connections between the top quark and dark matter. Since there weren't many theorists, I decided to give a relatively broad overview of the topic, rather than drilling down on one particular paper of mine. Here's the talk as I gave it.Read More